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What's Tha Up To? Memories of an Attercliffe Bobby : Memories of an Attercliffe Bobby - JOHNSON MARTYN

What's Tha Up To? Memories of an Attercliffe Bobby

Memories of an Attercliffe Bobby

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If you want to know what it was really like to be a policeman in a large working-class area of Sheffield during the 1960s and 1970s the Martyn Johnson?s memories provide us with a superb insight of the twilight era of the ?beat bobby?. Centred on Attercliffe and Darnall, we meet a host of colourful characters, lovable (and not so lovable) rogues and a rich variety of incidents and events that could not have been imagined even by the most creative of fiction writers. But they are all true. Read about amazing traffic accidents, impromptu fights, antics of burglars and thieves ?domestics?, a dreadful house fire, a dead horse that moved, a lost peacock, suicides and suspicious deaths, mortuary training, and even UFO?s. Along the way we meet a host of lovely people that made up an almost forgotten and fading part of old Sheffield; and a few visitors too, including the great Brazilian footballer Pele. At times hilarious, occasionally sad, but never dull, this book is highly recommended for anyone interested in our recent social history. AUTHOR: Martyn Johnson was born at Darfield, the son of a coal miner. Leaving school at the age of fifteen, his first job was as a blacksmith. His work changed dramatically four years later when he joined the Sheffield City Police Force where he served as a ?beat bobby? until 1969. A two-year spell in CID followed but, missing grassroots policing, he returned to the beat for a further seven years. Passionate about local history, Martyn is a well known metal detector and has appeared on many BBC Radio Sheffield programmes talking about his hobby. ILLUSTRATIONS 20 b/w photographs *

ISBN: 9781845631239
ISBN-10: 1845631234
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 20th July 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.282